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The Enthusiast's Guide to Composition by Khara Plicanic

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17. SHOOTING IN A SQUARE

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THE SQUARE FORMAT has been around since long before social media apps like Instagram ushered it into the mainstream popularity of today’s digital era. (Many of the old black and white prints filling the dusty boxes in my grandparents’ attic were square.)

Admittedly, I’ve fallen pretty hard for Instagram. So much so, that when shooting images with my phone, I almost always capture them in a square format (with the intention of later Instagramming them) despite the fact that Instagram now allows users to post images with aspect ratios other than square. (To capture square images on film, you need a medium format camera, ...

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